Review: Alchemystic by Anton Strout

Title: Alchemystic
Author: Anton Strout
Release Date:September 25th 2012
Publisher: Ace
Rating: 3 HOOTS
Reviewer: Krystal
Buy From: Amazon / B&N

Sum It Up! The pace of the book was nice.


Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name…

Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis.

Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…(Goodreads)
First off, what gets me through books is how well I like the characters. That being said, I wasn’t really a fan of Lexi when the book started out. She made decisions that no grown woman should have made and I thought of her as a TSTL character (To stupid to live). After a while, she grew on me and that is mostly because of the friends surrounding her. All of the characters put together have amazing chemistry. They all play a part, none are one dimensional and the reader will root for them. The gargoyle, Stanis, has no emotions and is only alive to finish his job to protect Lexi. Sounds like this book has the potential for budding romance, right? After a while, he warms up to her and starts showing emotions that haven’t been displayed in centuries. Both of them make a great pair; their relationship did not feel that it was forced in anyway.
The pace of the book was nice. Nothing too fast or slow, which really made the storyline better. If it went on even a tad slower than it was, it would have been painful to finish the book. The characters were nice, plot was interesting and flowed nicely, and it kept me engaged the whole time. I recommend this book if you’re looking for something fresh and new. I haven’t read about hot gargoyles yet, so this was a first for me and it was a great experience!

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